Oakbio Inc. Captures Waste CO2 from Industry to Make Chemicals & Fuels
Oakbio Inc. makes chemicals and fuels using CO2 from waste gas otherwise released from industry into the atmosphere. Oakbio addresses the global need to reduce atmospheric CO2 accumulation by capturing CO2 and converting this CO2 into chemical value.
Generation of waste CO2 is an integral and inescapable part of many industrial processes. Current technologies to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) release focus on CO2 capture and geo-sequestration. These technologies require access to geological formations suited to geo-sequestration, entail new risks and uncertainties, add significant costs and fail to create value from captured carbon.
“Oakbio’s microbe-based process captures CO2 from industrial exhaust gas in a clean process, converting it on-site into biomass and valuable chemicals,” explained Russell Howard, CEO of Oakbio. “This new process is called Carbon Capture and Conversion to emphasize achievement of both reduced GHG release and conversion of CO2 to new commercial value in chemicals and fuels”. Howard, who created and spun out industrial chemicals and bio-fuels company Codexis from Maxygen, both NASDAQ listed, is a pioneer in development of non-petroleum, non-foodstock derived chemicals and fuels using microbial technologies.
“The Oakbio process uses special microbes which naturally capture CO2 gas. We do not need any plant or biomass-derived feedstock. Chemicals manufacture can be independent of commodity sugars and the growing market challenges of feedstock use for human food and biofuels or chemicals ” said Brian Sefton, Oakbio’s CTO and President.
About Oakbio, Inc.
Oakbio is a private technology-based company in Sunnyvale dedicated to sustainable production of chemicals and fuels using novel microbial production processes that combine GHG reduction with manufacture of sustainable chemicals, the sustainability2 process (see www.oakbio.com)
Russell Howard, CEO, Oakbio,
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Oakbio, Inc. is a private company founded in 2008 as a Delaware corporation to use life science technologies to develop clean technology solutions. Our approach leverages the interface of biotechnology and microbiology with other disciplines such as engineering, electronics, chemistry and industrial design.
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